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Pass The Mic: Record Labels and Artists on 2012

January 5, 2013

Pass The Mic: Record Labels and Artists on 2012
Pass The Mic: Record Labels and Artists on 2012

BJ Rochinich Ancient Shores, A389

What is your name and band/label/etc?

BJ Rochinich/Ancient Shores/A389

What are your top five albums that were released in 2012? (In order 1-5)
  1. Neurosis - Honor Found in Decay 
  2. Hans Zimmer - The Dark Knight Rises Score 
  3. Burning Love - Rotten Thing to Say 
  4. Sleep - Dopesmoker Reissue 
  5. Full of Hell / Calm the Fire - Split EP
What band did you discover in 2012 (can be a brand new band or an older band) that had an impact on your life? What made them significant?

Absolutely has to be Thoughts of Ionesco. Seventh Rule Recordings also get the award for deal of the year with the 'Scare is Our Watermark" CD/DVD. The more I read about them, the more intense they seem. They have some of that single note riffing that I was not really into until I heard it in the way they present it. Once I backed up and did not push any expectations on them, I got more into their music as a full collaborative effort. I play guitar so I think my ear gravitates towards the guitar work but for a lot of what I listen to, and our own music, my favorite portions of it will always be something on drums. So there were parts of this bands music I was into and stuff that made me hesitate to keep listening, but the more I listened the better feel I got for what they were doing. There is some live video out there of these guys and they have music on spotify so give them a listen.

How will you remember 2012? (In terms of music)

Very diverse. I refined my ear for old country and folk. I developed preferences for it. In addition, I listened to more minimal music. The great thing about minimal stuff is that it is always very heavy and dense, no matter its sonic characteristics like volume or gain or an acoustic vs an electric guitar. These styles complemented well, music that I was more heavily into at the start of the year.   One thing specifically about 2012 relates to Young Wids. I have a friend that rarely listens to "In and Out..." so to preserve it, but at the same time he knows it so well. It is 1 1/2 years since its release and this is how he still approaches the record. I really enjoy musical appreciation and this resonates that sentiment. If you play this record and drop him into it, he knows right where it is. Such a profound connection. This is how I wanted to approach our music writing in a sense.

What can we look forward to from you in 2013?

A389 (Baltimore) will be releasing a split featuring us and labelmates, Cynarae. Its a 12" with all new music from both bands. Andrew Crenshaw at Broken Press did the artwork based on a concept conceived by a member of Cynarae and it looks amazing.   Low Existence Records (Brooklyn) will be releasing a split 7" with us and Minnesota's Mourner, who released a great record (the Rising End) in early fall of 2012. We have 2 new songs on our side and Mourner has a 5+ minute track on their side.   We are playing Forward Fest in Columbus in April of this year and we would really like to play more fests and play overseas.

What records are you looking forward to most in 2013?

Astronomer 7" and 10" releases. Hopefully a new Bolt Thrower record. Left For Dead collection, new Withdrawal record, and the Ilsa re-issue (all on A389). New Queens of the Stone Age. New Young Widows.  However many releases Full of Hell comes up with. Some new Worms Feed songs would make it a good year.

Fundraising sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have made a strong impact on the ability of artists to release music. Do you think this approach is a trend, or will it continue to shape how artists produce their material?

Artists have struggled to convince people to buy their music for years now. I think this donation fund approach leads to the same problem, just from the other end of the process. I do not see the difference between trying to get people to donate and trying to get people to buy the record. It is a gamble to donate, really, from a listener standpoint. In addition, just because someone donates to a record fund does not even mean they will listen to it later. It is a nice gesture, BUT it is each band's responsibility to keep their finances under control to be able to fund a new record. You could argue that the money to fund a recording comes from shows we have played or merch we have sold, which have been purchased by people who would might also donate for a new record. Or they might donate to that record fund instead of buying stuff at a show or in an internet store. Reliable arguments.

To me though, asking for a donation to record blurs that aspect of earning it. That is the most clear part of this for me. I appreciate the trust but if every band thinks they must have endure an expensive recording process to make an impact these days, then we should all relax. While recording has become increasingly important due to the saturation of the live show calendar (and thus lower attendance/lower payout/lower merch sales), it is not written in stone that you have to drain your bank account on a recording.

However all of these issues are interrelated and this is merely an answer to the above question. There is no answer or single best approach right now and there are many difficulties in answering this question in a big picture sense.  I like what band camp does for ease of access and their layout is very inviting. I like what Wayne at Toxicbreed is doing by putting out unique comps, releasing new music, and motivating people to listen to music. Dom at A389 is the same way. He links the band camp to the store so that someone can easily listen and then buy a record. The efforts made to get people to listen to music are there and I think listenership is ultimately the goal.

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Pass The Mic: Record Labels and Artists on 2012
Pass The Mic: Record Labels and Artists on 2012

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  1. Opening page
  2. Aidan Baker - Nadja
  3. Alan (drums) - Nephelium
  4. Alex "Shmalex" Dontré (drums) - Psychostick
  5. Amos Pitsch (guitar/vocals) - Tenement
  6. André Foisy - Locrian, Kwaidan, Eolomea
  7. Andreas Weiss (vocals) - The Rabid Whole
  8. Andrew Gomez IV (owner) - Glory Kid Limited
  9. Andrew Nolan - Column of Heaven, Pick Your Side
  10. Andy Nelson (bass) - Paint It Black, Ceremony
  11. Anthony Anzaldo (guitar) - Ceremony
  12. Aslan Freeman (vocals/guitar) - Unifier / Future Ghosts)
  13. Ben Crew (vocals) - In Defence
  14. Ben Hendricks (vocals) - Annabel
  15. BJ Rochinich - Ancient Shores, A389
  16. Brent Eyestone - Magic Bullet Records, Highness, Bleach Everything
  17. Bubby Hussy (guitar/vocals) - The Hussy, Kind Turkey Records
  18. Casey Ory (drums) - Titans Eve
  19. Chris Mason (owner) - Dirt Cult Records, Low Culture
  20. Cory von Bohlen (owner) - Halo of Flies / Protestant
  21. Daryl Gussin - Razorcake, God Equals Genocide, Margin Mouth
  22. Dave Drobach (bass) - Grabass Charlestons
  23. Davey Quinn (guitar/vocals) - Tiltwheel, Too Many Daves, Dan Padilla, International Dipshit
  24. Denver Whipple (bass) - Edge of Attack, Spread the Metal Records
  25. Dimitri Gervais & Mathieu St-Amour - Chariots of the Gods
  26. Domenic Romeo (owner) - A389 Recordings
  27. Eddie Gobbo (vocals) - Jar'd Loose
  28. Frank Turner
  29. Franz Nicolay
  30. Gil Markle (producer)
  31. Graham Scala (guitar) - Highness, Bleach Everything
  32. J. Wang (Owner) - Fast Crowd Records, Dan Padilla
  33. Jacob Lentner
  34. Jake Lang - Sweet Weapons
  35. Jay Cross (drums) - Mortor, Accursed Spawn
  36. Jennifer Shagawat (drums) - Shellshag, Starcleaner Records
  37. Jihad M. Rabah (Owner) - Twelve Gauge Records
  38. Jim Blaha (guitar/vocals) - The Blind Shake
  39. Joe Mullen (drums) - Odium
  40. Joesph Steinhardt (owner) - Don Giovanni Records
  41. John Cate (singer/songwriter)
  42. Jonathan McMaster (bass) - Stickup Kid
  43. Jordan Baker - Pastepunk
  44. Joseph D. Rowland (bass) - Pallbearer
  45. Josh Lyford (vocals) - Foxfires
  46. Kathleen Stubelek (bass) - Circle Takes the Square
  47. Kevin Gan Yuen (guitar) - Sutekh Hexen
  48. Mars - Project Mars
  49. Matt Copeland (drums) - Adrenechrome
  50. Matt Fox - Shai Hulud
  51. Matthew Donlon (guitar) - Lunaire
  52. Matthew Wade (singer/songwriter) - My Silent Bravery
  53. Matty J ("bass moose") - Psychostick
  54. Michael Phillips (owner) - Escapist Records
  55. Miguel Chen (bass) - Teenage Bottlerocket
  56. Mike Browne (vocals) - Son of Man
  57. Mike Cheese - Gehenna
  58. Mike Park (owner) - Asian Man Records
  59. Mike Riley - Firestarter Records, Toxic Pop Records, Paper Dragons
  60. Nick 13 - Tiger Army
  61. Nick Harris (guitar) - Luther
  62. Pat Kennedy (guitar/vocals) - Light Years
  63. R. Loren (owner) - Handmade Birds/Pyramids
  64. Rennie Resmini (vocals) - Starkweather
  65. Roo Pescod (guitar/vocals) - Bangers
  66. Ryan Bram (guitar) - Territory
  67. Sam Russo
  68. Seth Gile (vocals/guitar) - Arms Aloft
  69. Steve (guitar) - Valerian Swing
  70. Steven Hess - Locrian
  71. Steven Williams (owner) - Init Records
  72. T (vocals) - StIth Panzer
  73. Terence - Locrian / Land of Decay
  74. Tobias Jeg (owner) - Red Scare Industries
  75. Wes (drums) - Comadre

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